Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge aiming to guide the spiritual element in the human being to the spiritual in the universe.”

- Rudolf Steiner

The word “anthroposophy” means “wisdom of the human being,” or, for us today, “awareness of one’s humanity.”

Knowledge of spirit can only be found by spiritual means. Anthroposophy offers an inner path of schooling to attain such knowledge. It takes its starting point from modern critical consciousness and our contemporary orientation toward technology and science. It is a kind of study and schooling that leads to concrete experience of the spiritual dimensions of the human being and the world.

Over time, about 10,000 institutions and initiatives have been founded that endeavor to apply anthroposophy: schools (often called Rudolf Steiner schools, Waldorf schools or independent schools), homes, workshops and schools working within curative education and social therapy, clinics, doctor’s practices, pharmaceutical companies, biodynamic farms, banks, art schools, stage groups, businesses, etc. The thing that connects these endeavors to the Goetheanum is their mutual basis in anthroposophy.

The Mission of Anger

Life shows us that a person who is unable to flare up with anger at injustice or folly will never develop true kindness and love.  Equally, a person who educates himself through noble anger will have a heart abounding in love, and through love he will do good.  Love and kindness are the obverse of noble anger.  Anger that is overcome and purified will be transformed into the love that is its counterpart.  A loving hand is seldom one that has never been clenched in response to injustice or folly.  Anger and love are complementary.

- except from a talk I read this morning by Rudolf Steiner.  This paragraph really stood out to me and helped me gain a new understanding of the positive aspects of anger.

Rudolf Steiner (27 February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, literary scholar, architect, playwright, educator, and social thinker. He is the founder of anthroposophy, a spiritual movement that generated many practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophical medicine.

“Knowledge of life in the astral world leads us to a conclusion of fundamental importance, namely that the physical world is the product of the astral world”

- Rudolf Steiner

The Goetheanum, located in Dornach (near Basel), Switzerland, is the world center for the anthroposophical movement.

Named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the center includes two performance halls (1500 seats), gallery and lecture spaces, a library, a bookstore, and administrative spaces for the Anthroposophical Society; neighboring buildings house the Society’s research and educational facilities. Conferences focusing on themes of general interest occur several times a year. Specialist conferences for teachers, farmers, doctors, therapists, and other professions are held regularly, as well.